Rockets vs Jazz: NBA Playoffs 2019 The Rockets come into the postseason a much different team than they were last year, having rebuilt the bench none of top reserves Austin Rivers,the team to start the year.
Event: NBA Basketball
Team: Rockets vs Jazz
Date: Wednesday, April 17, 2019
Game Time: 7:30 p.m. ET
But they’ll again face the Jazz in the playoffs, the team that the Rockets disposed of in five games in the conference semifinals last year. Here’s everything you need to know about this first-round matchup between the Rockets and the Jazz.
Houston has designs on a rematch with the Warriors, which could be on the horizon in Round 2. But it would be a mistake to overlook the Jazz, who finished the year (as usual) on a hot streak, winning 18 of 24 games. Utah was the No. 1 defensive team in the league in that span (104.1 points per 100 possessions), but the Jazz should be warned — the Rockets were No. 2 defensively in that same stretch,
James Harden scored, incredibly, 36.1 points per game this season, with a 40.9 usage rate and 11.0 trips to the free-throw line per game. But Utah did well defending him last year, allowing him to score 28.0 points per game but with terrible shooting numbers (40.4 percent from the field and 29.5 percent from the 3-point line).
An early look at the Western Conference quarterfinal series between the Rockets and Utah Jazz. In a rematch of the 2018 conference semifinals, the West’s No. 4 seed made easy work of the No. 5 Utah Jazz in their first-round series opener 122-90. James Harden led all scorers with 29 points as Houston put away Utah with a dominant 39-point fourth quarter.
As bad as the opener played out for the Jazz, they can still steal home-court advantage away with a win on Wednesday night. We’ll find out soon enough whether or not they do a better job of executing their game plan the way they intended to on Sunday night when they take the floor for Game 2.